The 2011/12 seasons are kicking off all round Europe. The Premier League in England starts today and the leagues in Germany and Scotland are already underway. I called together the talents of some of the best writers around to give you a glimpse into their predictions for the season ahead.


Terry Duffelen is one half of the excellent “Bundesliga Show” podcast and the fantastic new website “Bundesliga Lounge” be sure to check it out. Here are Terry’s predictions for new Bundesliga season.

Who do you think is the favourite for the title in your respective league and why?

I’m placing my fiver on FC Bayern Munich for the title. Mainly because they rarely go two seasons without winning it but also because I think they have finally addressed their defensive problems with the recruitment of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Rafinha to their ranks. I think Bayern could win the league by ten points or more.

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After the awful performance and result against Wolves on Wednesday it seems that the Liverpool fans have called time on the managerial reign of Roy Hodgson. The defeat leaves the proud club only three points off the relegation places and eleven points adrift of European football.

Last season’s seventh place finish was bad enough for the fans but they still qualified for the Europa League which is the bare minimum they will accept. The prospect of missing out altogether would be a disaster.

It would seem the fans no longer want Roy in charge of their team, the body language and attitude of players would suggest they no longer want him in charge either, as soon as you lose the dressing room is it not time to pack up and go?

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I could be in the minority with this post but it was really annoyed me hearing about it last night and again this morning.

Last night Wolves travelled to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Premier League, after a hard fought 1-0 against Spurs and a crucial match this weekend against Burnley to come, I think McCarthy has every right to pick any 11 players he wants for the match.

Fans have complained that they each paid £42 to watch their team and felt hard done by. My question is, why has noone questioned why it costs £42 to get in, this seems a huge price for not an important game, also do Wolves fans only support the 11 best players, they should be backing the players that were picked, and at the end of the day didn’t do too bad a job.

The way I look at things, teams build a squad of players be it 25/30 men strong, surely it’s in a managers perogative to picked the 11 players he deems best for the job, who decides who your strongest team is.

The Premier League rulebook states:

Premier League rule 20, section E, says teams must field a full-strength side in all top-flight matches.

So is there a committee that picks every teams top 11 players, does that mean if fit, Torres and Rooney must play every game,  surely Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger have been violating this rule for years.

On Sunday Liverpool and Arsenal met in the league, on Liverpool’s bench was Emiliano Insua, Martin Skrtel and Alberto Aquilani on Arsenals: Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby and Eduardo, all of these players have started and could claim a starting place in their respective teams lineups, so if they guys don’t play, are these teams breaking the rules…..it’s absurd.

Managers can pick who ever they want, if Wolves beat Burnley this weekend McCarthy will look like a genius, if they stay up then he will be seen to have done the right thing, and I would hope all the people who have questioned him will stand up and admit they were wrong, and if they lose, it won’t be because they were tired.

Let managers do their jobs, it’s hard enough already!

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